A curated programme by The xx, a (twice!) sold-out #Metoo event with Jenny Wilson and ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke are among the highlights of this year’s music programme, where women artists are highly represented.

For the 15th time, the international documentary film festival CPH:DOX will this March take over Copenhagen and the whole of Denmark with 11 days of film, events, concerts and much more.

The entire festival programme will be revealed on the 16th of February, but today we release this year’s music programme, which consists of the film series Sound & Vision and the concert series AUDIO:VISUALS that bring together music and visual art. The programme release will be celebrated at the launch tonight (the 9th of February) with the screening of the documentary ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ at Empire Bio at 21:00.

A curated programme by The xx

This year’s curated film programme will also take on a musical tone. The xx vocalist and bassist, Oliver Sim, has led the curation of the film programme and, together with his bandmate Romy, will visit the festival sharing some of his favourite films.

The London trio will present a series of films and live events that will explore themes of identity, gender, performance, youth culture and LGBTIQ issues. The programme deliberately shares a name with The xx’s most recent album – 2017’s acclaimed I See You – with their film selection being informed by many of the same themes and emotions the band explore through their music.

Women take the spotlight

We are excited to announce that the number of women artists in the music programme is this year bigger than ever at CPH:DOX. Adam Thorsmark, head of the music programme, says:

“(CPH:DOX) did not deliberately aim for a balanced gender quota, we just wanted to represent and celebrate the great amount of talented women artists in the world right now.”

You can discover artists ranging from young rising stars like the Swedish-Syrian feminist rapper Silvana Imam, to music legends like the 82-year-old singer Shirley Collins, who will both take the stage after film screenings about themselves. SILVANA will also hit the Danish cinemas with a DOXBIO premiere on April 4, screening all over the country. The music film programme also features films about superstars M.I.A, Betty Davis and Grace Jones. You will also be able to experience Jenny Wilson performing her new #Metoo album ‘Exorcism’ and concerts by visionary musicians such as Laurel Halo and Lolina (Inga Copeland).

However, the programme did not leave out the talented gentlemen either, including films about the post punk band The Minds of 99, the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and the jazz wizard Milford Graves. You can experience see special audiovisual concerts by the Choir of Young Believers, Schultz & Forever and Dan Deacon, among others. Finally, the legend Mulatu Astatke, the figure behind the ethic-jazz genre, will present a rare Danish concert after the screening of the film ‘Ethiopiques’.

Party lovers should not miss our opening ceremony at Kunsthal Charlottenborg on the 16th of March, the free Iris Gold concert at Natbar on the 23rd and the Final Party on the 24th with a DJ-set by Hot Chip!

The ticket sales for concerts are ongoing at cphdox.dk, while the ticket sales for films will start on the 16th of February. You can also find an overview of the music programme on Facebook

See you there! 

Tine Fischer, Festival Director

Adam Thorsmark, Head of the Music Programme

Ida Selvejer Faaborg, Music Coordinator

Sarah Søe Elm Hassing, Music Coordinator


Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2

Bremen Teater, Nyropsgade 39-41

Hotel Cecil, Neils Hemmingsens Gade 10

Alice, Nørre Allé 7

Vega, Enghavevej 40

Pumpehuset, Studiestræde 52

Forum, Julius Thomsens Plads 1

Nikolaj Kunsthal, Nikolaj Plads 10

Betty Nansen Teater, Frederiksberg Allé 57

Aveny-T, Frederiksberg Allé 102

And cinemas in Copenhagen

Ticket sales

Tickets can be bought via cphdox.dk
Tickets for concerts are already on sale, the prices are excluding booking fees. The tickets and screenings times for the music films will be announced on the 16th of February.



4/3 BBC Planet Earth II – Live in Concert

Venue: Forum

14/3 Schultz & Forever vs. Magnus Bach

Venue: Hotel Cecil

14/3 Max Cooper

Venue: Lille VEGA

14/3    Scenatet & Pamplemousse

Venue: Nikolaj Kunsthal

15/3      ‘Exorcism’:

An evening med Jenny Wilson

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg

16/3 Liima vs. Alyono Movko

Venue: Pumpehuset

16/3      Blondage

Venue: Hotel Cecil

17/3 Yoshtoyoshto

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg

17/3 CPH:DOX x Red Bull Music:

An evening with WhoMadeWho

Venue: Hotel Cecil

18/3      Goodiepal & Pals vs.

‘The Goodiepal Equation’

Venue: Alice

18/3      Mulatu Astatke vs. ‘Ethiopiques’

            Venue: Pumpehuset

19/3 Choir of Young Believers

Venue: Betty Nansen Teater

20/3 Snoh Aalegra

Venue: Hotel Cecil

20/3 Lolina (Inga Copeland)

Venue: Alice

22/3 Saint Cava

Venue: Hotel Cecil

22/3     Søren Kjærgaard: ‘Studies For Video Keyboard’

            Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Mezzanine)

23/3 Silvana Imam vs. ‘Silvana’

Venue: Hotel Cecil

23/3 Iris Gold

Venue: Natbar

23/3 CTM + Yangze + irrelevantbitch101

Venue: Aveny-T

24/3 Soho Rezanejad vs. Annika Berg

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg

24/3 Hot Chip (dj set)

Venue: Bremen Teater/Natbar

24/3 Dan Deacon vs. ‘Time Trial’

Venue: Hotel Cecil

25/3 Shirley Collins vs.

‘The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Sound & Vision Film


10 years in the life of the ultimate diva – meet the person behind the superstar.


Get a glimpse into the life Matangi, the person behind the M.I.A phenomenon.


Get into the head of The Minds of 99 while they work on their new album.


On the feminist front line with the Swedish-Syrian rapper Silvana Imam.


Go on a beautiful and sensual journey with the Japanese master composer.


Six years on the intergalactic highways with the Aarhusian techno warrior.


Sparkling film about the funk singer and the feminist icon Betty Davis.


From the rehearsal studio to Eurovision with Finland’s development-impaired punk band yksi.


Analog electro according to one of the 1970’s most advanced electronic composers.


Western rock’n’roll meets local Ethiopian music traditions, and amazing music occurs.


Hop on the bus and take on oxygen trips in the Mojave Desert, with the 80’s punk and industrial environment in L.A.


Welcome to the American free jazz legend Milford Graves’ creative cosmos.


A moodful film about folk-singer Shirley Collins and her beautiful voice.


A crooked and poetic road trip to Siberia to find the Ozark harp’s sound of pure happiness.

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